Northern Province: Governor calls for collective responsibility in community policing

The Governor of Northern Province, Jean Claude Musabyimana has called upon leaders and the residents to work together and toughen crime prevention measures.The Governor made the call on January 24 in Gakenke District during a ceremony to lay a foundation stone for the construction of a modal village in Nyundo, Rutenderi Cell of Nyundo Sector.

While speaking to over 1500 residents, Governor Musabyimana said: “Maintaining law and order is a collective responsibility of every responsible Rwandan and that why everyone should respect the initiative of ‘neighborhood watch’…be an eye for each other, and that way, criminals will find it hard to succeed in their ill-plans and equally easier to locate and arrest them.”

He appealed to the residents to refrain from domestic conflicts, and always seek the help of Police, mediators or even leaders to handle and solve their grievances instead of taking matters in their hands that also labels them “criminals.” Musabyimana further appealed to residents to strengthen community night patrols and always hurry to report any information on unlawful acts to Police for a quick response or arrest of any possible criminals.

The Governor reminded those attending the function of the concern of trafficking, selling and abusing narcotic drugs such as cannabis, locally made psychotropic substances and banned gin such as Kanyanga and other gin packed in plastic bags.

“There is a connection in most crimes to drug abuse. Theft, family conflicts, gender based violence, child abuse, fighting and school drop outs; all these are in most cases committed by people under the influence of drugs,” he observed, calling for concerted efforts and information exchange with the police to arrest the dealers.

He appealed to the local leaders to take the lead in this campaign adding that their responsibility and success in implementing development programmes depends on the level of security as well.The event was also attended by Police and other security organs, and the mayor of Gakenke, Deogratias Nzamwita, among others.

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